Many pockets across the Midwest are experiencing excessive rainfall this season. The La Niña weather pattern means this isn’t necessarily unexpected, but it’s causing some concern across the region.
While some rainfall during early autumn is desirable to help crops reach full yield, too much may be damaging. Excessive rainfall can lead to diseases, such as various types of mold and stalk rot in row crops, which can be especially damaging in the Corn Belt states once they take hold. Due to weather patterns in recent weeks, it’s essential that farmers take this time to assess their crops and talk with their propane dealer to confirm grain drying supply needs this season.
As the 2016 harvest season and weather shapes up, many farmers may choose to harvest their crop early if current rainfall continues to help avoid any potentially negative impact on yield. Even if rain levels decrease, farmers may need to shift to different practices to combat excess moisture. These changes may include needing additional drying capabilities.
Ultimately, more rain means more pressure on local propane supply. While weather cannot be controlled, how farmers prepare can be. As a reminder, here are a few things you can control now to make sure your operation is ready to weather any storms:
- Reach out to your propane dealer now to let them know of any needs that have changed on your end. Giving them a heads up will help them prepare for a steady and reliable supply.
- If you haven’t yet, it may be worthwhile to set up a delivery schedule to ensure your needs are anticipated and to help avoid any delays.
CHS and Cenex brand dealers are committed to monitoring current harvest conditions and working with farmers to secure adequate propane supply no matter what Mother Nature brings. Be sure to find a dealer near you and reach out with any questions that you have during harvest.